Day 26

Trip Start Sep 18, 2008
Trip End Oct 18, 2008

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Monday, October 13, 2008

We were woken up at 7am this morning by dad's phone alarm. We got dressed, had breakfast and clean our teeth before we began the final packing. All our pajamas and toiletries were packed away and all the bits and bobs found around the house were shoved into the first suitcase they came across. Eventually all the suitcases were packed and full to the brim. Dad began packing the cases in the car and even though the boot space was bigger than that of our car at home, we once again had trouble fitting all the suitcases and ourselves in the car. While dad worked at finding the best way to fit the cases, mum and I completed a final run around the house checking under beds and behind tables incase anything happened to be left behind. Just before 9am we were finally ready to go so we piled into the car and headed away from 314 Willingham Street, the house where my mum's dad grew up, for the last time.
Our first stop for the day was at Aunty Shelia's to pick up Nikita. After many hugs were given and final photos were taken, we said goodbye for now and hopped back into the car, waving as we drove away. Next stop was Aunty Pat and Uncle Graham's to pick up Bronte. We arrived to find the family ready and waiting for us with Leo who had popped round to get Noah to sign the AFL football he had left for Jacob. After a quick toilet break we headed outside for a final family photo to be joined by Elaine who had popped past incase we were still there. It was then time for us to say goodbye to Leo and Elaine for the last time. We piled into the car with Uncle Graham and Aunty Pat and waved to Leo and Elaine as we drove off towards Huddersfield.
The drive to Huddersfield took just over 2 hours with us stopping for petrol around 30 minutes away from our final destination. On the trip I used the laptop to update my travelpod and talk to my friends on MSN. At 11.20pm we pulled into Murray Road, where Carl and Eleanor live, but it took us awhile to actually track down the house. Turns out it was standing right in front of us but it looked nothing like in the pictures Carl had sent us because he had pulled down the scaffolding that had previously been up in front of the house. Carl greeted us at the door and helped us to bring out suitcases inside. My first impression was WOW. Carl's house was absolutely beautiful and although it was currently being renovated it was a fantastic house. We headed outside to say goodbye to Aunty Pat and Uncle Graham who were going to return our car back in Grimsby. We waved as the car that had become part of the family drove off.
Once the suitcases had been brought in we were allowed to explore the 4 story house. We traveled up 2 sets of stairs to the top floor where all the bedrooms where then down one from the ground floor to find the kitchen and dinging room. While we waited for lunch, we spent time on the laptop, piano and outside playing footy. Eleanor, Carl's wife, returned for lunch for which we had roast chicken, potatoes, peas, chips and gravy with ice cream and malteasers for dessert. Considering most of us hadn't had much breakfast, it was great to be able to get food into our systems. We spent the rest of the afternoon playing on the piano, using the laptop, watching tv and playing with the Alice in Wonderland Chess Set. At 5pm Eleanor headed off for a computer skills night course while dad, Carl and Noah played a game of indoor golf downstairs.
By 6.30pm we were all feeling really hungry and decided to get dinner organized. I took down everyone's orders then dad, Carl and Noah headed to subway, KFC, Chinese and Italian to buy food for everyone. When they arrived home at just gone 7, we sat downstairs in the dinging room to eat. I had spaghetti bolognaise, normally which is my favourite, but tonight I wasn't feeling too well. After dinner I felt really quite sick so I laid down on the couch in front of the TV. I started to feel worse and worse and well, I'm sure you can guess what happened next. I really felt much better afterwards. We decided that we would put on a movie for the rest of the night before we headed off to bed and we all agreed on Evan Almighty. Eleanor came home while we were watching it and joined us for the ending. I must say, it was a very funny movie. Once the movie finished at around half past 11, we switched the TV off and finished juggling everything around to make it fit in the suitcases. We pulled out everyone's clothes for tomorrow then headed to bed at midnight after we were all packed and ready to leave England bright and early the next morning.
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